A good part of the reason I started blogging was because I went to a history conference at a UT branch up between Dallas and Fort Worth and found that, contrary to belief, many well known academic historians have found community history projects to be invaluable because of their focus and details. Photos rated high. Photos with details rate high. Interviews with participants in events rated high. Interviews with older people rated high if you cover their experience and perspective.
- Prairie Weather

“Protest works. Just look at the proof”

Free MP3 sites

Be your own program director. Venture off the beaten path. Live a little.

2dopeboyz: Hip hop. (RSS)

3hive: Sharing the sharing. Free and legal MP3s from over 600 underground and undiscovered artists — new ones added daily. (RSS)

Amazon MP3 Download - Frequency: Weekly. Get the latest on Amazon MP3 music downloads - new releases, freshly ripped hits, and special deals.

Audio Drums - A blog for rare, possibly overlooked, maybe forgotten gems of music with a slight emphasis on electronic and indie genres. (RSS)

Common Folk Music - A blog about music, not just folk music, but all music ranging from indie to alt-country to bluegrass, because music is for the “Common Folk”. (RSS)

Discobelle.net (RSS)

Fiddlefreak Folk Music Blog - Folk, bluegrass, Celtic, and other music of the people. (RSS)

Fingertips Music - Free and legal music. (RSS)

Gorilla Vs Bear (RSS)

Hillydilly: Simply Good Music. (RSS)

I Rock Cleveland: Indie Rock, College Rock, Alt Rock, Modern Rock, Cleveland Rock, and Rock. (RSS)

KEXP Song of the Day: KEXP 90.3 FM - where the music matters (RSS)

Kick Kick Snare (RSS)

Line Of Best Fit - TLOBF.COM | Music Reviews, News, Interviews & Downloads (RSS)

Lipstick Disco - Deep House & Disco music blog fronted by Females (RSS)

Minnesota Public Radio Song of the Day: Music lovers from 89.3 The Current share songs with you each weekday. (RSS)

Muruch (RSS)

Music Like Dirt: Music in all its many forms, mp3’s, live reviews and photography. (RSS)

My Old Kentucky Blog - a music blog that parties with unicorns. (RSS)

Nah Right. (RSS)

ninebullets.net. (RSS)

Rollo & Grady: Los Angeles Music Blog, LA Music Blog (RSS)

Said the Gramophone: a music weblog (RSS)

She Makes Music: She Makes Music focuses on the most exciting and impressive new music created by brilliant and talented female musicians. (RSS)


Sounds Better With Reverb (RSS)

Stereogum: All the MP3s on Stereogum.com (RSS)

their bated breath (RSS)

Women of Hip Hop (RSS)

YouKnowIGotSoul (RSS)

Mourn ya till I join ya

The Wheel’s Still In Spin: Focusing on new music releases and reviews of individual albums as original, fictional short stories (RSS)

A Fifty Cent Lighter & A Whiskey Buzz - This site is just a way for me to have a little fun and share a little music. I’ll highlight some of my favorite artists that I play on the radio and try to expound upon their music in ways I can’t always do on the air. (RSS)

Aminal Sound

Audiofile: Music Blog, Music Articles - Salon.com

Crossfade: The CNET music blog

Direct Current New Music - Adult pop, rock, singer/songwriters, folk, Americana, alt-country, adult alternative, soul, world music, crossover jazz and simply those artists that make us go “hmmm.”(RSS)

GarageBand.com Folk top tracks (RSS)

GarageBand.com Hip Hop top tracks (RSS)

Flawless Hustle: Urban culture blog featuring artist interviews, music reviews, legal music downloads, street art, graffiti and more! (RSS)



The Jon Swift principle: “I will add anyone to my blogroll who adds me to theirs.” Email or leave a comment to let me know.


The Hunting of the Snark

Sites participating in blogroll amnesty day

Jon Swift aka Al Weisel, may he rest in peace. Co-originator of Blogroll Amnesty Day

skippy the bush kangaroo (Co-originator of Blogroll Amnesty Day) (2012)

Vagabond Scholar (2012)
Occasional blogging, mostly of the long-form variety. Keeper of the Jon Swift Memorial Roundup (The Best Posts of the Year, Chosen by the Bloggers Themselves)

Notes From Underground (2012)

Redeye’s Front Page (2012)

Wisdom of the West (2012)

Zen Comix (2012)

pygalgia (2012)

Mikeb302000 (2012)

The Agonist (2012)

Brilliant At Breakfast (2012)

Bacon and Eggs (2012)

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Best Music of 2016


If you dig these songs please consider buying them; most can be had for less than a buck. Links will be live for one week.

Some lyrics may be NSFW. Listen at your own risk.

I used to try to write something about each of the songs, then I realized it was all basically a variation on “I like how this sounds.” Music appreciation is idiosyncratic. The only way you’ll know if you like a song is by listening to it. I dig all this stuff and I hope you do too.

Recommended albums

In addition to the ones mentioned in the list, here are the albums in 2016 I enjoyed front to back:

Ryley Walker - Golden Sings That Have Been Sung.

ABC - The Lexicon Of Love II.

Beyonce - Lemonade. She made a really striking choice at the end. “All Night” as an album closer would have concluded on a note of sadness, and made the whole piece feel like a meditation on the impermanence of love. But she put it second last, and instead finished with the solidarity anthem “Formation,” which makes for a very different afterimage.

Kamaiyah - A Good Night In The Ghetto.

Lushlife + CSLSX - Ritualize.

Steve Gunn - Eyes On The Lines.

Tuff Love - Resort.

Honorable Mention

I usually reserve an Honorable Mention spot for a longer song. Most years there’s at least one 7+ minute song that I like quite a bit, but since I try to get lots of different artists on the list I don’t want a single tune to crowd out several others.

22. “Acid Crusher” - Earthless (Buy)

The List

(Fits on a single 80 minute CD.)

21. PoW-WoW - B.o.b (Buy)

From the E.A.R.T.H. mixtape (2016 Album of the year). B.o.B has arguably started to suffer from some kind of mental illness. At a minimum he’s started taking some very, um, heterodox positions. Whatever this new thing is, it’s light years from the bubblegummer he seemed to be when he first hit it big. His music has never sounded better than it does on E.A.R.T.H., one of four “elemental” mixtapes he released this year - and the one where he seemed to give freest rein to his new consciousness. Conspiracies and shadows, disillusionment and desperation, all set to killer beats. Put it in the time capsule. This is the document to remember 2016 by.

20. Self Made Bitch - The Step Sisters (Buy)

19. Internal Exile - Wire (Buy)

18. Out Of Control - Lush (Buy)

17. Shame - Desta French (Stream)

16. Western World - Casket Girls (Buy)

15. Sex - Novaa (Buy)

14. What’s It Gonna Be - Shura (Buy)

13. Wash Poppin - Cardi B (Stream)

12. It’s Over - Palace (Buy)

11. Sea Hearts - Honeyblood (Buy)

10. Like A 45 - Rosemary Fairweather (Stream)

09. Going Dummies - Rell Rock (Buy)

08. There Was a Door - Crying (Buy)

07. Dive Bar Sweetheart - Becky Warren (Buy)

06. Already Love - Great Good Fine Ok (Buy)

05. Good As Hell - Lizzo (Buy)

04. Cinco - Ofelia K (Buy)

03. Pleasure - Blondfire (Buy). Off the True Confessions EP (recommended).

02. Girls Who Get Ready - Cosima (Buy)

01. hikui gogo - Taiko Super Kicks (Buy)

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